One of the great things about spring/summer beauty is the emergence of vibrant shades. I am a big lipstick fan but over the past few years I have fallen prey to the practical, low maintanence charms of tinted balms (Hurraw! balms usually). On a night out I am usually seen wearing a dark or red lip, but of late I have (for probably the first time in my life) been rocking the brights and loving it!
Neon Angel from Ilia Beauty
Probably not the obvious choice for a first foray into bright lips, but it was mine – I don’t do things by halves!
The name jumped out at me first, nestled amongst the display of bottom-up lipstick tubes; I didn’t see the connection between the name and the plummy brown toned label on which it was printed. There is none.
A beautiful vivid pink, Neon Angel lives up to its name. Described as a true magenta it has a slight blueish undertone that looks stunning against both dark and fairer skins. With a smooth and creamy texture, the bullet glides easily and evenly across the lip to give a beautiful semi-matte finish.
Like all Ilia lipsticks, Neon Angel wears incredibly well and requires very little maintenance. As it fades the coverage remains even and there is little sign of the unpleasant gathering of product in the corners of the mouth. Comfortable on the skin and with just the right amount of slip, the lipstick is rich in seed oils (castor, sesame, sunflower and jojoba) which are super hydrating and nourishing, whilst soothing aloe heals and protects.
With bright lips big news this spring/summer, Neon Angel is a great substitute (albeit not necessarily an exact dupe) for many popular choices from the conventional brands including: MAC Pink Nouveau, Illamasqua Eurydice and Nars Schiap.
If you fancy going bright but don’t quite want this level of colour, you could try Jump, it’s sheerer, lip conditioning cousin.
In all honesty I probably purchased this lipstick on a whim, to be added to my kit and used as and when I needed a bright pink lip (rarely). As it is, this Neon Angel has never seen my kit and most likely never will…
Launched in Vancouver in 2011, Ilia Beauty was founded by Design graduate Sasha Plavsic. Originally based on the desire to understand the ingredients written on the back of a lipstick box, Ilia Beauty has grown from just six lip conditioners to forty cruelty free and USDA certified products.
(*denotes certified organic ingredient)
- Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Triisostearyl Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Sage (Salvia Officinalis) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol
- May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140
Body image: Laura Jane Sessions – Organic Make-up Artist
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